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China starts rice genome molecular breeding

By Yi Yunwen (Guangming Daily)

11:09, November 18, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.18 (People's Daily Online) --The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the Beijing Genomics Institute Shenzhen recently announced the establishment of the CAAS Institute of Innovative Bio-breeding.

After its founding, the bio-breeding institute immediately launched a project to sequence 3,000 rice genomes in cooperation with the International Rice Research Institute, marking the start of China's genome molecular breeding project.

Recently, the newly founded institute will choose the staple food as its breakthrough point and after finishing the genomic sequencing work on the core substances (about 10,000 units) offered by the International Rice Research Institute, it will carry out polygenic-character convergent improvement based on the genome-wide selection and molecular recurrent selection based of the molecular design to breed high-yield, multi-resistant and high-quality green rice varieties.

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Sam Teng at 2011-11-18175.136.51.*
This is the perfect step forward in developing rice which happens to be the staple food of many Asian countries. We need high yielding rice to meet the increasing demand for this staple food. Further more, high yielding rice varieties will make rice farming more economical so as to attract more farmers to grow rice and keep the price affordable.

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